Nanette Lepore's Spring 2014 American-made couture

Posted by LDonia on 09/13/2013

New York Fashion Week ended yesterday and if you’re a regular reader of ManufactureThis, you can probably guess where this is going …

Did you guess “Nanette Lepore?” That’s correct!

We at the Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) particularly admire Ms. Lepore because she’s very outspoken about making clothing in the USA and saving New York’s Garment District.

So it only goes to figure that today’s Fashion Friday is devoted to her Spring 2014 show.

Now, full disclosure: We’re not fashion writers here, so ours may not be a Vogue-worthy review. but we’re willing to give it a shot!

So lets dive right in, shall we? In the days leading up to the show, Lepore spoke on tumblr of her inspirations, citing quotes from John Keats and Charles Baudelaire. Included among her inspirations is Baudelaire’s volume, “Les Fleurs du mal,” which directly translates to “The Flowers of Evil.”

One of the key thematic elements of that work? Decadence.

Fittingly, Ms. Lepore’s spring designs were floral, and at least mildly decadent: Her pieces seemed appropriate for work ... and then after-work drinks on the deck of a yacht.

Put concisely, you might label her pieces “functional feminine” (or vice versa). Lepore constructed feminine silhouettes using flowy, comfortable-looking fabrics. And adding to the functionality –- plenty of flats! A number of the looks included flat (strappy) sandals.

Of course, the downside to all the sandals, bare shoulders, and short skirts, is that it leaves us all wanting to dress for warm spring days, and sort of resent the fall weather that’s approaching. But spring 2014 is only a few months away.

Thanks to our friends at Elevated Locals for the aerial shot of the show!

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